Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres of America’s public lands. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration.
Zhou (Joe) Y. on Toadstool Hoodoos Trail
short and sweet. a must stop even for families with kids.
Emily M. on Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail
Gorgeous waterfall! Loved walking in the water, so refreshing ! Very straightforward trail.
Great short, easy, hike through a very nice slot canyon that looks like pictures you've seen of cool red-rock rippled-by-water slot canyons.
Right before you enter the initial slot, look on your right for a cairn and an arrow made of rocks pointing up slope so that when you return out of the initial slot (because it is now blocked by a drop that you cannot scramble down), you can walk up, over, and around the large rock formation/hill and back down to the other side of the first slot's opening. Another slot starts starts again soon and you can walk through it to the confluence with Buckskin. At this confluence there is a large, awesome blind arch on the right. We wondered if it would evolve into an open arch at some point in the long march of geological time. Wire pass was dry but Buckskin was wet, sticky, heavy mud and we could only go north or south on that trail for a 100' or so.
Guide books say not to drive on road to the trail because the mud will 'make a mockery' of your 4 wheel drive. More to the point is that the road will likely be impassable because of numerous washes which cross it (they would be flowing with water).
Emily M. on Escalante Natural Bridge
Nice stroll along the river, a few semi-deep river crossings so wear sandals or water shoes and shorts! No difficulty whatsoever but pleasant + nice bridge. Our intro hike to Escalante!